A WOMAN from Avoca in Filabusi under Chief Maduna has been locked up in remand cells, pending trial for attempted murder after she allegedly dumped her baby in a pit latrine, claiming she was not able to sustain him since she was unemployed.
BY SILAS NKALA
The woman, Perceive Musariwa (20), was not asked to plead to the charge of attempted murder, when she appeared before Filabusi resident magistrate Mzingaye Moyo on Friday.
The magistrate remanded her in custody to December 11, to appear before Gwanda provincial magistrate for trial.
She was advised to apply to the High Court for bail.
Prosecutor Smart Tafireyi told the court that on the night of last Tuesday, Musariwa went to the Washington co-operative garden, at Sidzibe in Filabusi with her child.
She then threw the naked baby into a pit latrine with the intention to kill him.
She went back home unnoticed.
The child was discovered by other villagers, who went to the garden the following day and they heard him crying in the pit latrine.
With the assistance of the neighbourhood watch committee members, they jointly retrieved the baby who was smeared with human waste all over the body.
Further investigations were made and Musariwa was interrogated, as she was the only person in the village who had given birth recently.
It was later discovered that she no longer had the child and could not explain the child’s whereabouts.
This led to her arrest.